• Police say tourist from Texas drowns in Jamaica

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Authorities say an American tourist has drowned while swimming at a beach in eastern Jamaica. The Jamaica Constabulary Force on Monday identified the dead man as 36-year-old Harold Fox of Houston, Texas. Police say Fox encountered difficulties while swimming...

  • Plan for popular culture museum fails in Oklahoma Senate

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $25 million bond proposal for a planned popular culture museum in Tulsa fell one vote short of passage Monday after a state senator said he mistakenly pressed the wrong button on his desk. Meanwhile, the House passed a separate $25 million bond plan to complete...

  • Tourist taking picture tumbles into Yellowstone park canyon

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Rangers in Yellowstone National Park have rescued a New York tourist who stumbled backward into a canyon while trying to take a picture. A statement released Monday says the 71-year-old man tumbled about 25 feet on May 10 before he stopped his fall by...

  • BASE instinct: The thrill to fly carries risk with each jump

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of extreme athlete Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park brought renewed attention to the risks of BASE jumping and it's more dangerous offshoot, wingsuit flying. WHAT IS BASE JUMPING? The term BASE jumping was coined by one of...

  • First lady: Libraries, museums are 'necessities,' not extras

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says America's libraries and museums aren't luxuries or "extras" that can be passed over while money goes toward other goals like creating jobs or teaching children. "So often our libraries and museums are doing the critical work to help us...

  • Oklahoma House passes bill to finish American Indian Museum

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed legislation to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and turn it over to the city of Oklahoma City for operation and maintenance. Without debate, House members voted 58-36 for the measure Monday and sent...

  • Cecil County Public Library honored with National Medal

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cecil County Public Library is being honored with the National Medal. First lady Michelle Obama is presenting the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to library Director Denise Davis and community member Thomas Cousar at the White House on Monday....

  • Walker Tavern Historic Site's farmers market set to open

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The farmers market at the Walker Tavern Historic Site at Cambridge Junction Historic State Park is scheduled to open for the season this weekend. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the...

  • Detroit airport getting another military travelers' lounge

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Another lounge for military travelers is being established at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Ken Pratt, president of nonprofit Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center Inc., says a $100,000 grant from the Masco Foundation will allow officials to open the Freedom...

  • Amtrak liable for no more than $200 million in crash

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia. That payout...

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